Media Advisory: Bill Gates to address UC Berkeley students on “giving back”

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998

ATTENTION: Assignment desks and general assignment, higher education and technology reporters


“Giving Back: Finding the Best Way to Make a Difference,” a talk by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Microsoft Corp. The talk, open to University of California, Berkeley, students and faculty, is part of Gates’ first tour of universities across the country since transitioning full time to the foundation.

Gates, whose first stop is UC Berkeley, is discussing how to inspire students and faculty to focus on the world’s biggest problems, including health, hunger and poverty. He also will learn about work that students and faculty are doing to improve education in the United States and to improve health and reduce poverty worldwide.


Monday, April 19, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Gates will be talking to students at five universities: UC Berkeley and Stanford University in Palo Alto on April 19; the University of Chicago on April 20; and Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on April 21.

Gates’ brief talk at UC Berkeley will be followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience.

The Gates Foundation, with a stated goal of helping all people lead healthy, productive lives, focuses on improving health in developing countries and giving people the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. It aims to ensure that all people – especially those with the fewest resources – have opportunities to succeed in school and life.

Based in Seattle, Wash., the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Media are invited to attend the Zellerbach Hall event. Please R.S.V.P. to Robert Sanders at by Tuesday, April 13 (broadcast), and Thursday, April 15 (print), to reserve a seat. There is a limited number of seats for media. A maximum of two TV cameras is allowed inside the auditorium; if more broadcast outlets are interested in covering the event, cameras will be asked to pool their footage.

Media Relations can make arrangements for satellite trucks only. Please contact Robert Sanders in advance for details.

For more information about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and for downloadable photos, videos, a Facebook page about the college tour, and more, see